RizeRize takes place on the Black Sea Region of Turkey. It also lies on the east part of the Black Sea Region where is known as the place of tea grown up in Turkey. Rize has borders with Artvin on the east side, Trabzon on the west side, Erzurum on the south side. Moreover the city is situated by Black Sea on the north side. Rize is 159 kilometres far away from Artvin, 75 kilometres away from Trabzon and 377 kilometres away from Erzurum.
It's the centre of the country's tea-growing humid northeastern coast.
The name comes from Greek ριζα (riza) or Ριζαίον (Rizaion), meaning "mountain slopes". In modern times, its name in Greek was usually Ριζούντα (Rizounta). Its Latin forms are Rhizus and Rhizaeum (which remains the name of a Catholic titular see in the province of Pontus Polemoniacus. In Ottoman period, it was called Rize.
The first written mention of Rize is made by Arrian in a work named Periplus (Ship's Voyage). Dated at 131-132 B.C., the work records how its author, the governor of Cappadocia, made an inspection tour of the Eastern Black Sea territories that were part of his jurisdiction, first visiting the Roman Empire's Eastern Anatolian frontier garrisonsRead More
Rize has a borderline oceanic/humid subtropical climate, like most of the eastern Black Sea coast of Turkey; with warm summers and cool winters. Snowfall is quite common between the months of December and March, snowing for a week or two, and it can be heavy once it snows. Rize and the easternRead More
Places of interest
The Rize Castle constructed in the 14th century by Genoese, the Zir Castle, the Kale-i Bala and Ciha Castle are the castles located in the borders of the province. Mosques The historical mosques located in the province of Rize could be counted as Gülbahar Mosque, İslam Paşa Mosque and CaferRead More
Visit the Botanik Çay Baçhesi (Botanical Tea Garden) and drink Rize's famous tea and sample local desserts. Drink tea and/or eat fish at a number of seaside restaurants along the coast opposıte from the cıty center. Take aminibus (dolmuş)to Tepebaşı from the mosque (cami) north of the central square. ThereRead More
The Turkish Bus System is comprehensive and you can get about anywhere from everywhere. There are a lot of shuttle bus services to the center of Rize region in the main intercity bus station called in Turkey 'Otogar'.Read More
From many parts of Turkey you may reach Rize by your own car as fellow: From Trabzon to Rize about 79km and can takes up to about 1 hour by car. From Erzurum is about 261 kilometers (km) and can takes up to about 4 hours by car. From AnkaraRead More